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WPD ’16: Kenya Occupies 3 Positions in UPU, Nigeria in Low Key Celebration

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Kenya has been elected into three key positions of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a top UN agency dealing with the postal services.

Ambassador Bishar Hussein of Kenya was re-elected as the director general of UPU for a further four-year term (2017-2020).

Kenya was also elected as a member of the UPU Council of Administration (CA) and the Postal Operations Council (POC), at elections held at the ongoing 26th UPU   Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Congress is the top decision-making organ of the UPU, and is held after four years. The Council of Administration on the other hand ensures the continuity of UPU’s work between congresses, and consists of 41 member countries.

The Postal Operations Council is the technical and operational mind of the UPU and consists of 40 member countries, also elected during Congress.

Bishar was first elected in 2012 during the 25th Congress in Doha, Qatar, and will now serve up to 2020.   Mr. Pascal Clivaz, a Swiss national, was also re-elected as the UPU Deputy Director General.

Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, foreign affairs cabinet secretary and Joe Mucheru, her ICT counterpart, led the campaign for Kenya’s candidacies during the Congress.

Other members of Kenya’s delegation to the UPU Congress included Sammy Itemere, Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Fatuma Hirsi, Principal Secretary for Tourism, and Francis Wangusi, Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).

On his re-election, Hussein thanked UPU member states for the trust shown to him through this re-election and pledged to continue serving the Union diligently in his second mandate.

“I will work with member countries to help them develop new products and services that are relevant to today’s demands by postal customers. We must continuously innovate and improve our products and services to remain competitive and relevant to the market,” Hussein said in a report African leadership magazine.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and industry players are observing this year’s World Post Day 2016 in a low-key celebration.

One of the first examples of globalization, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) was established 142 years ago as a means of creating a seamless network for communicating across borders, allowing the Post to deliver the world.

A staff of NIPOST who preferred anonymity told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that the Postal Sector in Nigeria is observing this year’s occasion in a low-key manner as a reflection of the state of the economy.

According to her, “The PMG was appointed just few months ago and it seems he wants to take his time in observing the operations of the Service before embarking on major occasion. NIPOST is a big organisation and the postal industry in Nigeria is big too, however, the state of the economy reflects on every facet of the society. It will not be out of place to hold a very low-key celebration. The most important thing is to get the industry working at its optimal level

Industry dynamics and consumer demands have today pushed the Post to deliver right to customers’ homes – at their doorstep as World Post Day is observed October 9 every year.

The event was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) creation in 1874.

The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post’s role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.

As a result, the UPU’s member countries are encouraged to organize their own national activities to celebrate the event, including everything from the introduction or promotion of new postal products and services, to the organization of open days at post offices, mail centres and postal museums.

For countries participating in the UPU International Letter-Writing Competition, national winners are often honoured on 9 October.

 

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Aero Contractors gets NCAA Approval for C-check Maintenance

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Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors, has received certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to handle C-checks on Boeing B737-300, B737-400 and B737-500.

Capt. Ado Sanusi, Managing Director of Aero Contractors, made this known while briefing newsmen on yesterday in Lagos.

Sanusi said the NCAA approval that takes effect from Sept. 2 was given to the Aero Contractors’ Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

”This represents for us a significant achievement and is a major instrument for our turn-around efforts. This feat has benefits far beyond Aero Contractors.

”The fact that C-check on the B737 Classic can now be performed in Nigeria by Aero Contractors will reflect directly in significant drop in maintenance cost for airlines in Nigeria and the sub-region as well as reduction in downtime for such checks.”

Explaining further, he said that a normal C-check cost between $1.8 million to $2 million outside the country, adding that performing it in Nigeria would reduce the demand for foreign exchange as airlines could now pay in Naira.

“So, it is a very positive development for Nigerian airlines and the Nigerian aviation industry because it will improve the ease of doing business,” Sanusi added.

He disclosed that the airline spent N60 million to renovate and expand the MRO facility which had been in existence for over 50 years in order to meet the required local and international standards.

According to him, the airline has also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with international partners, including the maintenance unit of Ethiopian Airlines and South African Technik, to render assistance on the C-checks. Sanusi said that domestic airlines alone operate about 22 B737 Classics, stressing that the facility would have a viable market.

“We want to appeal to the Federal Government to give us the Free Trade Zone status. “We want to have free access to import tools and aircraft spares without hindrances from Customs when our demand increases,” he said.

The Aero boss commended the NCAA for its professionalism and encouragement during the certification process.

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Construction: FAAN Advises Passengers on How to Meet Up with Flights

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has notified passengers and other airport users that the Lagos State Government has commenced the reconstruction of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Road, Lagos

The project which would last for 15 months is aimed at expanding the road for better service to users.

Appealing for understanding from all while the project last, Yakubu Henrietta, general manager, Corporate Affairs at FAAN, urged passengers and other airport users plying the road to always leave their homes earlier than usual, so as to be able to get to the airport in good time and also avoid missing their flights.

Specifically, the design of the project includes the reconstruction and expansion of the existing carriage to three-lane Expressway on both directions, construction of two-lane Service Road in both directions, construction of Ramp Bridge to provide a U-turn from Ajao Estate to Airport, construction of a flyover at NAHCO/Toll Gate and drainage works.

Others include the removal of existing Pedestrian Bridge at Ajao Estate and construction of Pedestrian Bridges at Ajao Estate and NAHCO/Hajj Camp, construction of Slip Road to provide access to Ajao Estate, construction of Lay-bys and installation of Street Lights, among others.

“Meanwhile, security agencies and other traffic officers have been mobilized to ensure that road users and passengers have relatively hitch free passage while the road is under construction.

“The Authority, in conjunction with the Lagos State Government, has put in place necessary measures to mitigate the effect of the construction on the road users while the project last”, she said.

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US May Bar Nigerian Airlines over Safety Concerns

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United States federal aviation administration has given Nigerian airlines a 65-day ultimatum to resolve specified security issues or risk being barred from flying to its country.

A team of US FAA officials who recently carried out an audit for the renewal of Nigeria’s category one safety status gave the ultimatum on August 24.

The US FAA periodically check foreign airports with which it has bilateral agreements to ensure they meet set standards.

The checks include having effective and efficient aviation regulations, operational state civil aviation systems and safety oversight functions and technical personnel qualification and training.

Others include the provision of technical guidance, tools, provision of safety-critical information, licensing, certification, authorisation and approval obligations.

John Ojikutu, member of aviation industry think tank, Aviation Round Table (ART) and CEO of Centurion Securities, told BusinessDay that he doubts if Nigeria can attain the category one safety status without having its major airports certified.

Ojikutu said airport certification is compliant to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR) Part 12.6.4, which carries obligations on the operator to continuously maintain standards and competence in operation and ensuring availability of skilled manpower in sufficient numbers, for the periodic maintenance of the facilities and the system.

“Many stakeholders would probably be asking; what is the necessity for the certification when the industry was already classified category one?” he said.

“What many do not know, however, is that the classification of Nigeria as Category one, was meant only for the NCAA Regulations and oversight competence, the way university academic programs are rated or accredited by the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC).

“Unfortunately, the NCAA is like a university that has been long accredited but has not been able to graduate a student. The NCAA, in spite of its category one status classification in 2010 and even today in 2017 after its reclassification, has not been able to give certification to a single airport among the over 28 federal and state airports in the country.”

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